The folks over at Tenkara Rod Co. just announced a new fishing rod, and it’s their most compact and lightweight model yet. Learn all about the Tenkara Hafu Rod and their 500% funded Kickstarter campaign here…

Last week, Tenkara Rod Co. launched a Kickstarter campaign for their latest fishing rod, the Tenkara Hafu, and in just two days, they raised over $50,000, blowing well past their $10,000 goal. It’s safe to say people are excited about it.

For those unfamiliar, Tenkara is a Japanese style of fly fishing that involves a rod, line, flies, and no reel. The Tenkara Hafu is the brand’s most portable rod yet, with a pack size of just 12.5″ (31.75cm) long, two extended length options (7’10” (240cm) or 9’10” (300cm)), and a weight of just 42.5 grams (1.5oz) or 68 grams (2.4oz), respectively. The shorter Hafu 240 is also the lightest rod they’ve ever produced.

Tenkara Hafu Rod
  • Tenkara Hafu Rod
  • Tenkara Hafu Rod

Hāfu (ハーフ, “half”) is a Japanese language term used to refer to a person of half Japanese and half non-Japanese ancestry, which Tenkara Rod Co. feels fits their obsession with Japanese culture and their love of small-stream fishing in the US. Plus, the Hafu is made in Japan in small batches, like the rest of their rods, using a skilled manufacturer Tenkara Rod Co. has been working with for years.

The Tenkara Hafu Rods are made using different pieces of rolled carbon fiber, allowing individual segments to be replaced if damaged, rather than buying a new one. There are eight reward options for their Kickstarter campaign, which runs until May 9th. Both the Hafu 240 and 300 (rod only) cost $185 USD, if you’ve already got line and flies. There is a rod package for $215 that includes the rod, eight feet of fishing line, a three-pack of flies, a wooden line holder, and a spool of tippet. There are various bundles that cost upwards of $325, as well as optional add-ons with other useful accessories.

The Tenkara Hafu Rod campaign has already raised nearly $60,000, and rods are expected to ship out to backers by September at the latest. Learn more and support the project at

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